Don Stevenson, blindfolded, is walking from Rugby to Auburn, Washinton, to raise money for research into blindness. He was guided Sunday by volunteer Scott Mehlhoff, a pastor at the South Minot Church of the Nazarene. (Submitted photo)
Nazarenes in the News: June 22, 2012
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Washington pastor starts journey for charity
Rugby, Washington

(, June 19) A Church of the Nazarene pastor is walking 1,400 miles from Rugby to Auburn, Wash., to raise money for research into blindness.

Rev. Don Stevenson, 76, who calls himself "The Pacing Parson," is hoping to encourage donations to the Bonney Lake Lions Fundation in Washington, which is raising money for research into a bionic eye. Bionic eyes might one day help people born blind to see shapes and colors and improve their eyesight, but it would cost about $60,000 to test a bionic eye on one person. Stevenson and his wife, Loretta Stevenson, know Nicholas Premo, a 12-year-old from Bonney Lake, Wash., who was born blind.

Stevenson is doing some of his walking blindfolded to draw awareness to the cause, though he has to line up volunteers willing to guide him through towns. On Sunday, Minot Church of the Nazarene Rev. Scott Mehlhoff guided him blindfolded for part of the way.

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Church celebrates Duckworths upon retirement
Brush, Colorado

(Brush News-Tribune, June 19) After serving the Brush Community for nearly 15 years of their 41 years as pastor and missionaries for the Church of Nazarene, Larry and Francine Duckworth are retiring. An appreciation dinner and thank you to the Duckworth’s will be held Sunday, June 24. The community is invited to the worship service at 10:00 a.m., followed by the potluck appreciation dinner at 12 noon in the Petteys Gardens located on Mill Street. 

Larry, who grew-up in Brush and graduated from Brush High School, started his ministry in Seymour, Missouri in 1971. After spending six years in the Missouri Conference District of the Church of the Nazarene, Larry and Francine spent twenty-years as missionaries in Western and American Samoa, where they raised their four children. 

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A nonpartisan, nonsectarian advocacy group wants to build engaged communities
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

(Oklahoma Gazette, June 20) A coalition of 25 congregations, nonprofit organizations and schools in the metro is determined to get citizens more involved in the discourse about public policy.

Founded last winter at a convention that drew more than 1,200 people, Voices Organized in Civic Engagement (VOICE) hopes to get residents focused on what their biggest needs are, and how those can best be achieved at the local and state level.

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